I wrote this new piece about the effects of social media on political discourse for Irish writing website Headstuff.
“On the 5th of August 2015, satirical website Waterford Whispers News published an article in which they posited the existence of a parallel universe. In this alternate reality, Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien faced prosecution by the Director of Public Prosecutions for bribery pertaining to the Digifone mobile phone licence, which, in actuality, was awarded in highly dubious circumstances. O’Brien’s solicitors, in a letter dripping with vitriol, demanded the article be taken down. ”